Old English (1930)

85 mins | Drama | 27 September 1930

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HISTORY

George Arliss starred in the Broadway production of John Galsworthy's play, which opened on 23 Dec ... More Less

George Arliss starred in the Broadway production of John Galsworthy's play, which opened on 23 Dec 1924. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
28 Oct 1930
p. 27.
EHW
30 Aug 1930
p. 29.
Film Daily
24 Aug 1930
p. 10.
Life
19 Sep 1930
p. 18.
Los Angeles Times
1 Sep 1930
p. 7.
New York Times
22 Aug 1930
p. 22.
New Yorker
30 Aug 1930
p. 49.
Time
1 Sep 1930
p. 44.
Variety
27 Aug 1930
p. 21.
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 September 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 21 August 1930
Los Angeles opening: 29 August 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 September 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1567
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85
Length(in feet):
7,926
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sylvanus Heythorp, past 80, and known about Liverpool as "Old English," is unable to pay his debts although he is the director of numerous companies and chairman of a shipbuilding firm. He tries to persuade his creditors to accept an allotment from his salary and not to force him into disgrace--all but Charles Ventnor agree. Rosamund Larne, widow of Heythorp's illegitimate son, and her two children, Phyllis and Jock, arrive requesting funds above her regular allowance; Heythorp refuses but decides to establish a fund for Phyllis, whom he loves devotedly. Joe Phillin, whose son Bob loves Phyllis, is induced to sell his ships to Heythorp for £760,000 and turn over a 10 percent commission to Heythorp's grandchildren. Ventnor, learning Heythorp's secret, demands an audience and threatens to expose him. Old English orders a great dinner of his favorite dishes and wines and against the wishes of his servants gorges himself with abandon. When Phyllis and Bob return from the theater they find he has died in his easy chair by the ... +


Sylvanus Heythorp, past 80, and known about Liverpool as "Old English," is unable to pay his debts although he is the director of numerous companies and chairman of a shipbuilding firm. He tries to persuade his creditors to accept an allotment from his salary and not to force him into disgrace--all but Charles Ventnor agree. Rosamund Larne, widow of Heythorp's illegitimate son, and her two children, Phyllis and Jock, arrive requesting funds above her regular allowance; Heythorp refuses but decides to establish a fund for Phyllis, whom he loves devotedly. Joe Phillin, whose son Bob loves Phyllis, is induced to sell his ships to Heythorp for £760,000 and turn over a 10 percent commission to Heythorp's grandchildren. Ventnor, learning Heythorp's secret, demands an audience and threatens to expose him. Old English orders a great dinner of his favorite dishes and wines and against the wishes of his servants gorges himself with abandon. When Phyllis and Bob return from the theater they find he has died in his easy chair by the fire. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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